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By and large, hereditary surname were formed in Germany when most of the German states were a part of the Holy Roman Empire. At this time, as the population of Europe swelled and travel became easier, people began to encounter others sharing their own name and they avoided confusion by adopting a second name. A common form of surnames found in Germany are those that are derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Detmers was a name for a person who was famous among the people. The name Detmers is the German form of the Latin name Theudoricus and it is composed of the Old German word "diot," which in modern German is volk and means people or race, and the Old German word "mar," which means popular, famous, or big. Ditmar is also a local type of surname that comes from Dittmarsdorf in the province of Schlesen. The name Detmers was very popular during medieval times and the family emerged as members of the aristocratic gentry class in the Middle Ages.

Detmers Early Origins



The surname Detmers was first found in Germany, where in ancient times the name Ditmar made important contributions to the advancement of feudal society. In later years the name branched into many different houses, some of whom played a significant role in the local social and political affairs of the late Middle Ages.

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Detmers Spelling Variations


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Detmers Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Detmers include Ditmar, Ditmars, Dittmar, Dittmars, Dittmer, Dittmers, Ditmer, Dietmar, Dithmar, Dettmer, Detmer, Diemer, Detmers, Dismar, Dismer, Dittmayer, Diesmar, Diesmer and many more.

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Detmers Early History


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Detmers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Detmers research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1814 is included under the topic Early Detmers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Detmers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Detmers Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Detmers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Detmerss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Detmers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ferdinand Jacob Detmers, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1768

Detmers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Detmers, who arrived in Iowa in 1883
  • Henry Detmers settled in Iowa in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Detmers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Detmers (post 1700)



  • Debra Detmers, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 2008
  • Theodor Detmers (1902-1976), German commanding officer of the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Maruschka Detmers (b. 1962), Dutch actress

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    9. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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    The Detmers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Detmers Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 16 November 2015 at 11:00.

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